2012 International Conference on Neurorehabilitation

Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the first International Conference on Neurorehabilitation, that will take place in Toledo, Spain, from November 14 to 16, 2012.

Restoring human motor and cognitive function has been a fascinating research area during the last century. Interfacing the human nervous system with mechatronic systems to restore neuromotor abilities is facing its crucial passage between research and actual clinical reality, enhancing the potentialities of therapists, clinicians and researchers to rehabilitate, diagnose and generate knowledge.

The 2012 International Conference on Neurorehabilitation will bring together researchers and students from the fields of Clinical Rehabilitation, Applied Neurophysiology and Biomedical Engineering in order to promote, feed and encourage this therapeutic global shift.

Announcement (PDF)
Conference topics

- Clinical Impact of Technology
- Brain-Computer Interface in Rehabilitation
- Neuromotor & Neurosensory modelling and processing
- Biomechanics in Rehabilitation
- Neural Prostheses in Rehabilitation
- Neuro-Robotics in Rehabilitation
- Neuromodulation
- Others
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Prof. Grégoire Courtine
International Paraplegic Foundation (IRP) Chair
Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute
School of Life Sciences

Prof. Dr. Grégoire Courtine was originally trained in Mathematics and Physics, but received his PhD degree in Experimental Medicine from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2003. From 2004-2007, he held a Post-doctoral Fellow position at the Brain Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) under the supervision of Dr. Reggie Edgerton. In 2008, he became assistant professor at the university of Zurich in Switzerland where he established his own research laboratory. He recently has been nominated Associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), within the newly-launched Center for Neuroprosthetics and the Brain Mind Institute. The main focus of his lab includes the development and use of neuroprosthetic systems, robotic interfaces, pharmacological cocktails, neuroregenerative therapies, and neurorehabilitation interventions to restore motor functions after neurological impairments such as spinal cord injury or stroke. His laboratory addresses a wide range of research paradigms in mice, rats, cats, monkeys, and humans. In the past four years, he published several articles in Nature Neuroscience and Nature Medicine, which were discussed in national and international press extensively. He received numerous honors and awards such as the 2007 Chancellor’s award for excellence in post-doctoral research from UCLA and the 2009 Schellenberg Prize for Research that was awarded by the International Foundation of Research in Paraplegia.

Prof. M. Chiara Carrozza
Prof. Donatella Mattia
Clinical Neurophysiology
Neuroelectrical Imaging and BCI Lab
Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS

Dr. Donatella Mattia took her degree in Medicine at "Sapienza" University of Rome, in 1987 with summa cum laude. In 1992 took her residency in Neurology, at the Dept. of Neurological Science, "Sapienza" University of Rome, with summa cum laude. In 1997 completed her PhD in "Organization and Pathology of Movement" at the Dept. of Neurological Science, “Sapienza" University of Rome. During her PhD course she spent 4 years at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University (Montreal, QC, Canada) as visiting scientist where she investigated some of the electrophysiological mechanisms of the cortical excitability by using the intra- and extra- cellular recording performed on “in vitro” animal and human brain slice preparation. She started in 1998 her research activity at the Neurophysiology Dept. at the Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS, Rome, Italy, where she is currently working as a director (since 2004) of the Laboratory of Neuroelectrical Imaging and Brain Computer Interface. Over the years, Dr. Mattia employed advanced signal processing and bioengineering techniques to investigate the basis of human planning and execution of motor actions under both physiological and pathological conditions. She promoted the development of clinical protocols for assessing the application of BCI, and the development of the BCI operated assistive device, namely a system endowed with robotic and domotic appliance controlled in reduced or absence of muscular effort. More recently, Dr. Mattia has been promoting the application of the EEGbased BCI technology in a clinical setting as rehabilitation tool, both in terms of functional substitution and functional recovery. In this specific field, she has been the principal investigator in several international and national research projects. Dr. Donatella Mattia is author of about 100 papers published on peer-reviewed journals (h-index 21 (ISI)) and of several contributions to international Conferences and Schools.

Prof. Mathias Bähr
Professor of Neurology
Head of the Department of Neurology
University of Göttingen Medical School

Prof. Dr. Mathias Bähr is a full Professor at the University of Göttingen Medical School. After finishing his MD in Tübingen he started his training in Neurology at the University of Düsseldorf. With a grant from the German Research Council he worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen with Prof. Bonhoeffer. There he received a Max-Planck-Fellowship for a cooperation visit of the Department of Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis and came back to Tübingen in 1989. He completed his training in Neurology and in parallel built up a research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology with a focus on mechanisms of de- and regeneration in the adult CNS of rats and mice. He received the Attempto Award, the Pette Prize and several other honors including the membership of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians in London. Since 2001 he is head of the Department of Neurology in Göttingen and spokesperson of the DFG-Research Center ‚Molecular Physiology of the Brain’. He is author of more than 200 original publications in peer reviewed international journals , book articles and several books with a current H-index of 48.

14 Nov - 16 Nov 2012

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